Bhopal had their annual Pride Parade today, Sunday 14th July. The Pride Parade has been happening since the last 3 years, with the first march occurring on May 17th, 2017. This march was held on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
The march gave witness to around 400 people from the LGBTQ+ community and allies. Marchers demanded that the Madhya Pradesh government must set up a transgender/sexual minorities welfare board in Bhopal.
The event was so widely accepted that it bore witness to NGOs and voluntary organisations as participants including the Citizen’s Action Network, Mitra Shringaar Samiti and the Center for Social Justice. There were also some big activists present like Sanjana Singh Rajput, Balram Raikwar and Devi Singh.
Now, 3 years later, the Pride Parade has seen an insane growth.
The LGBTQ+ community took to the state capital again. The community has received over Rs 50,000 from crowdfunding through a web portal. This is the third year and has given witness to more than 1,000 participants.
This year, the march is in an organization by Queer Mitra. Queer Mitra is a Bhopal-basis LGBTQ+ organisation. The pride march will be a three-hour long event that starts at 3 pm.
The march began from Van Vihar National Park gate and end at Boat Club. Van Vihar National Park has been the start point since the last 3 years. Queer Mitra has been the organizers of the event since the last 3 years as well. This has been the case since they began movie screenings, flash mobs, plays, street performances and then, at last, the Queer Bhopal Pride March.
“Queer Mitra believes that LGBTQ+ is a sexual minority group that is yet to be accepted by Indian society. Indian society still recognizes only two genders and considers only heterosexual relationships valid” says Shivam to TOI. Shivam is one of the core group members of the city-based LGBTQ+ organisations.
Abdul Majid of the Anmol Seva Sanstha says “There will be more than 500 LGBT members and their supporters which include a large number of youths from colleges and other institutes”. Anmol Seva Sanstha works actively for counselling and social entitlement of the LGBTQ+ community members.
Queer Mitra began the fundraising campaign on a popular crowdfunding online platform.
People contribute from across the world and Rs 50,581 was the collection from 54 donors, Shivam says.
Source Credits: Times of India
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